According to Associated Press, many water utilities don’t test. Those that do, don’t do anything about it and don’t broadcast the results.
These hodge podge combinations of drugs would send pharmacists and doctors into a fit if you or I were to suggest we wanted bizarre combinations of drugs all at one time.
The result of the current disposal policy and a nation of drug care recipients is that it is routine for us, fish, and animals to ingest trace amounts with unknown effects.
One solution to our drug addiction problem is:
1. Find alternatives to lifetime drug addiction by using substances found in nature to heal as many ailments as possible… Most drugs are just patented knock-offs plus side effects of natural products that both cure and have minimal to no side effects…
2. Seek and encourage responsible disposal of drugs… That means being more intelligent than bureaucrats and politicians. Let’s face it, that’s easy. Governments make stupidity into laws…
Cleaning up the environment will require the type of innovation that the political elite discourage. They serve monopolies to boost profits for them at any cost to us. More and more, any problem is used as an excuse to demand more of our money and control of our lives. The results are not pretty.
Our 1st steps are to take small steps doing what we can while seeking and supporting privately promoted solutions of our choice to encourage innovation despite suppression of choice by the servants of monopoly, waste, and corruption…
Overtreatment of Diabetes Now Causing Environmental Destruction
By Dr. Mercola
The fact that waterways in the United States contain residues of a multitude of drugs —including diabetes drugs, birth control pills, antidepressants, painkillers, and many other chemical compounds has been known for years.
Unfortunately, little has been done to remedy the situation. As a result, we’re now faced not only with continued overtreatment of humans, but we’re also facing environmental destruction courtesy of what could be referred to as “drug pollution.”
Our agricultural system is also contributing to water pollution that, in some areas, has led to an increase in diabetes and other health problems, which are then treated with—you guessed it—drugs.
Those drugs end up in water treatment plants, rivers, and lakes, and the vicious cycle just continues ad nauseum…
Metformin Threatens Aquatic Life
According to recent research,1 the type 2 diabetes drug metformin is the most prevalent drug in Lake Michigan, and it may be altering the hormonal systems of fish in the lake. As reported by the Detroit Free Press:2
“[F]athead minnows were exposed to metformin at the levels found in Lake Michigan for four weeks. Male minnows showed disruption of their endocrine systems, producing a chemical messenger usually associated with females’ egg production…”
Basically, the drug has a feminizing effect on male fish. Other “gender-bending” chemicals released into the environment, such as BPA and phthalates, have similar effects, causing male animals and humans to take on feminine characteristics.
One of the ironies in this situation is that type 2 diabetes can easily be treated and reversed without drugs. In fact, drug treatment can do far more harm than good. And now we’re seeing that overtreatment of diabetes with drugs is also causing environmental harm…
The study in question was led by Rebecca Klaper,3 a professor and research scientist at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Freshwater Sciences.
In 2013, she participated in a study4 in which they discovered that a number of drugs and chemical compounds persist in the water of Lake Michigan.
Besides metformin, progesterone (birth control pills), androstenedione (hormone treatment to increase testosterone), triclosan, and antibiotics were also found in the lake. According to the featured article:
“The drugs are not completely broken down by people’s bodies after ingestion, are excreted and then are not fully removed by wastewater treatment processes. The flushing of old pharmaceuticals down the toilet contributes to the problem.
‘It’s enough to raise an alarm bell that this might be something that causes changes in reproduction of fish,’ [Klaper] said. It’s something that definitely warrants further study.
…Of all the drugs researchers tested for in Lake Michigan, metformin is found at the highest concentrations, at up to 40 parts per billion. More than 60 million metformin prescriptions were dispensed in the U.S. in 2013, according to drug market research firm IMS Health…”
Lack of Clean Drinking Water in California Leads to Increase in Diabetes…